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Dickinson wins 200th game as Brockport ice hockey coach

by Carson Werner - Staff Writer
Tue, Nov 19th 2019 09:00 pm
Brockport head ice hockey coach Brian Dickinson watches as his team takes on SUNY Oswego on Friday, Nov. 15. According to Dickinson, he won his 200th game as head coach of the Brockport ice hockey team against SUNY Cortland on Saturday, Nov. 16. Brockport beat Cortland 2-1 on a last-second goal.
Brockport head ice hockey coach Brian Dickinson watches as his team takes on SUNY Oswego on Friday, Nov. 15. According to Dickinson, he won his 200th game as head coach of the Brockport ice hockey team against SUNY Cortland on Saturday, Nov. 16. Brockport beat Cortland 2-1 on a last-second goal.

Since The College at Brockport ice hockey team’s inception in 1973, there have been five men to ever hold the head coaching position. Bob Pederson was the first to lead the newly formed squad and accumulated 179 wins over nine years. He left the team following the 1976-77 season and returned in 1984 for five more seasons before ending his coaching career. Bill Greer coached for two seasons and managed 15 wins while part-time head coach Rick Ross led the team to 46 wins over seven seasons in the early ‘90s. Former Director of NHL Central Scouting and Brockport alumni, E.J. McGuire, had a five-year stint as head coach and picked up 44 wins throughout.

Brockport’s current head coach, Brian Dickinson, has embedded himself into the program’s history by outdoing what any other coach has accomplished. At the end of the 2017-18 season, Dickinson had led the team to its best record since 1987-88 and broke Pederson’s all-time win record with 180. This past weekend, in his 23rd season, Dickinson reached another milestone in his program-leading career; his 200th win. 

Tied at one with SUNY Cortland on Saturday, Nov. 16, Brockport was seconds away from entering its first overtime period of the year. In one final play, senior forward Connor Hutchins passed the puck through three defensemen to sophomore forward Jordan Renaud in front of the net. With just four-tenths of a second remaining, Renaud beat the goaltender blocker side and gave the Golden Eagles their fourth win of the season.

“Coach was excited and relieved that we ended the game in regulation in such fashion,” senior forward Hunter Laslo said. “With it being his 200th win, it added a little more icing on the cake. We are all very excited and proud of coach’s milestone and, as a senior, I’m just happy I was able to be a part of that. But as we always say, the best win is the next one and we will move our focus to preparing for two more conference games next weekend.”

Dickinson’s 200th victory came a day after losing to Oswego, 4-1, a team he’s only beaten twice in his career. Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the Golden Eagles were suppressed by a Laker-dominant second and third period for the loss. Sophomore forward Jake Colosanti scored the lone Brockport goal on assists from sophomore defenseman Corey Tam and sophomore forward Jeremy Solat. Oswego, the #6 ranked team in Division III, has always had the upper hand on Brockport, unlike several other teams in the conference.

An eighth of Dickinson’s 200 wins, including the most recent matchup, have been against Cortland. SUNY Potsdam comes in second with 19 losses, while Buffalo State College and Morrisville State College are tied at 18 losses apiece. SUNY Geneseo has lost 12 times, SUNY Fredonia nine and Plattsburgh State five times to Dickinson. Outside of the conference, he has acquired 92 wins.

“In terms of the game, the game has evolved,” Dickinson said. “We used to try and recruit big strong guys who could play a real physical brand of hockey. Now, that’s not a prerequisite. You need guys that can handle themselves on the ice, skate well and handle the puck. Obviously character counts. It’s been a forte of mine to make sure that our kids are well rounded on and off the ice.”

Although Brockport’s athletic department honored Dickinson’s feat, there are several discrepancies regarding the exact number of wins for the record-breaking coach.

The discrepancies can be found in the early seasons of Dickinson’s career, when Brockport used to play Canadian teams like Seneca College and Humber College. Depending on the source, the matches were counted as either exhibition matches or regular season games. No matter the true number, Dickinson will surely leave the double century mark behind as he already has counting his three seasons prior to Brockport at Buffalo State.

“I’d love to have more wins, a SUNYAC championship, a national championship, but at the end of the day, especially at our level, it’s about being a student-athlete,” Dickinson said. “I was a DIII player and have been coaching in the SUNYAC as an assistant and head coach for over 30 years now. So as I tell my recruits, I’m probably not getting you into the NHL as a player, but I can get you there in other capacities in combination of the education you get here.”

Brockport’s next two games will be on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. On Friday, Brockport will play at Fredonia, while the Golden Eagles host Buffalo State on Saturday.

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